Third Door #5: Overheard Mean Conversation!

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Originally published in Nurse.org on 2/22/2017

Dear Beth,

I recently overheard a conversation among several home health nurses that I was uncomfortable with, and I’d like to hear your thoughts. Basically, one nurse was describing another nurse’s behavior with a patient, and the group was laughing; the nurse being talked about was not present. The conversation went something like this:

I heard that Peggy told one of her patients, Mrs. Jones, that she needed to stop humming while she was prefilling her insulin syringes.

To this, some of the other nurses responded with laughter and brief comments such as:

Nurse 1:  Oh, brother; I like Mrs. Jones’ humming.

Nurse 2:  Peggy can be very bossy; that’s why she gets a lot of complaints.

Nurse 3:  Why did she need the patient to stop? She couldn’t do the prefill with humming?

I’m the newest nurse on the team and have only been with this organization for a few months. I don’t really know how well these nurses get along; I did sense a sarcastic tone and it made me cringe. Is this harmless chatter or something more serious? Should I have said something, and, if so, what?

Signed,

LEFT ME WONDERING

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